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Newsletter December 19: Merry Christmas

Post by piwakawaka » December 19th, 2016, 3:54 am

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December 2016
Year 2, Issue 50

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Hello, Readers.

It's the week before Christmas, Winter Veil has officially started, and there is plenty happening across all of the Blizzard games.

Next week A3 will be on hiatus. While some of our staff will be around, adoptions and the newsletter will resume on the week starting 2 January.

We hope you all have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Piwakawaka and the A3 Team.
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[col]Post #1: You Are Here
  • Introduction
  • Table of Contents
Post #2: A3-related News
  • Winter Veil Donation Drive
  • A3's 2-year Anniversary
  • Wild Pet Capture Service
  • Pet Supplier's
  • Adoptions
Post #3: Warcraft
  • Patch 7.1.5 Preview: The Return of the Brawler’s Guild
  • Patch 7.1.5 Preview - Mists of Pandaria Timewalking
  • Legion PvP Season 2 Has Begun
Post #4: Blizzard
  • Blue Post: Raid Tuning and Nighthold Release Date
  • Blue Post: Blizzard Holiday Activity 2016-2017
|Post #5: A3-related News continued...
  • Achievements and Milestones
  • Reading With Leashes
  • Photo of the Week
  • Upcoming Events
Post #6: Social
  • The A3 Network
  • Discord
  • Official Hashtags
Post #7: Conclusion
  • Thank Yous
  • Headers and Quotes
  • Paypal
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Re: Newsletter December 19: Merry Christmas

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Winter Veil Donation Drive
December 16th through January 5th[/size] HOW TO ENTER
Send your pets in-game to Athree-Bladefist and include the following:
A3 forum name

QUALIFYING PETS & ENTRY VALUES
http://www.wowhead.com/npc=24968/clockwork-rocket-bot | Worth 1 Entry
http://www.wowhead.com/npc=97229/grumpling | Worth 1 Entry
http://www.wowhead.com/npc=55215/lumpy | Worth 5 Entries
http://www.wowhead.com/npc=73741/rotten-little-helper | Worth 5 Entries
THE WINNER WILL RECEIVE…Winner will be able to choose a prize from a pool of 150+ pets!
Click the spoiler links below to view the prize options for each tier.
New Legion prizes were added to all 3 tiers on 12/16/2016!
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Tier 1: 1+ Donations
Your Choice Of:
► Show Spoiler
Tier 2: 35+ Donations
Your Choice Of:
► Show Spoiler
Tier 3: 75+ Donations
Your Choice Of:
► Show Spoiler

BONUS TIER 3 PRIZE[hrc=black]3[/hrc][attachment=0]hatespark-the-tiny.v8814.jpg[/attachment] http://www.wowhead.com/npc=87669/hatespark-the-tiny
Members who earned at least 5 entries total during the Donation Drive will also have the option of choosing http://www.wowhead.com/npc=87669/hatespark-the-tiny as their Tier 3 prize!
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Wild Pet Capture Service
Above all else... A3 loves collecting pets! Collection doesn't just stop at pets that can be traded and adopted though - there are a few worlds' worth of wild pets out there waiting for collectors, too! A few of us would like to offer our love of hunting wild pets to A3 members to help them also round out their wild pet needs.

Each week (sometimes a few times each week!) we will comb zones to help members find the wild pets they are still after. We will turn a zone upside-down and inside-out looking for your pet(s) and message you once we've found them. You will then come and capture it! If you would like to take advantage of this service, but aren't available during our typical times, please don't hesitate to contact us and ask about alternative days and times.

[col]Specifications Allowed

Both Factions
All Zones
All Pets
Any Quality
Any Breed
Any Specifics (color, size, etc.)|Image[/col]
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Pet Suppliers
Do you want to help supply pets for adoption that A3 needs? We have a Pet Suppliers thread where members can sign up to sponsor certain pets they are willing to supply. When the supply of certain pets starts to run low or we have an upcoming project where we’ll need more of a certain pet – we’ll send out a notification about that pet to our suppliers! There is no guess work and no 24/7 farming because we’ll let you know when we’re in need of the pets.

There are no quotas to meet when supplying the pets that you signed up for. You can provide whatever amount you are comfortable with.

New Legion supply options were added on September 16th and new post-Legion options were added on September 26th.

For more information about the Pet Supplier project click here.
[col3]LEGION
  • Alarm-o-Bot
    Ash'ana
    Autumnal Sproutling
    Baby Elderhorn
    Court Scribe
    Enchanted Cauldron
    Enchanted Pen
    Enchanted Torch
    Extinguished Eye
    Fel Piglet
    Fledgling Warden Owl
    Nursery Spider
    Plump Jelly
    Ridgeback Puglet
    River Calf
    Sewer-Pipe Jelly
    Sting Ray Pup
    Stormborne Whelpling
    Sunborne Val'kyr
    Thaumaturgical Piglet
    Transmutant
    Trigger
|WARLORDS OF DRAENOR
  • Bloodthorn Hatchling
    Bone Wasp
    Crazy Carrot
    Dusty Sporewing
    Frostwolf Pup
    Glowing Sporebat
    Lost Netherpup
    Savage Cub
    Sky Fry
MISTS OF PANDARIA
  • Aqua Strider
    Filthling
    Grinder
    Rodent Crate (horde and alliance)
    Spawn of G'nathus
CATACLYSM
  • Fox Kit
    Rustberg Gull
|WRATH OF THE LICH KING
  • Ammen Vale Lashling
    Dun Morogh Cub
    Durotar Scorpion
    Elwynn Lamb
    Enchanted Broom
    Mechanopeep
    Mulgore Hatchling
    Sen'jin Fetish
    Shimmering Wyrmling
    Teldrassil Sproutling
    Tirisfal Batling
CLASSIC
  • Mr. Grubbs
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Adoptions
Whether entering a one-time competition or requesting your weekly pets, please remember these essential tips so your requests and entries aren't disqualified.

  • Don't forget to keep your WarcraftPets account up to date. You can find a guide on how to do this here.
  • Please remember to check what pets you have before submitting requests! Add-ons don't always display things accurately.
  • Please remember to report your request list if you acquire a pet you have requested. We've modified our system so that even if your post has already been flagged you can still report and make changes.

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Re: Newsletter December 19: Merry Christmas

Post by piwakawaka » December 19th, 2016, 3:55 am

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Patch 7.1.5 Preview: The Return of the Brawler’s Guild
After a quick break to mend some wounds and broken bones, everyone’s favorite fighting series is back.

A new set of challenging encounters are coming to town, and it’s up to you to muscle your way past them for glory and prizes.
READ MORE HERE[/b][/size]
Patch 7.1.5 Preview - Mists of Pandaria Timewalking
In patch 7.1.5, you’ll get to join the denizens of Azeroth in a new journey back in time to the days of the lifting of the mists—Timewalking is coming to the islands of Pandaria.

For players at level 91 and higher, this means a new Bonus Event every few weeks that operates very much like other Timewalking Bonus Events to Outland, Northrend, and Cataclysm.
READ MORE HERE[/b][/size]
Legion PvP Season 2 Has Begun
Attention all Arena and Battleground competitors! Legion PvP Season 2 has begun.

The time to strike is now!
Season 2 Begins

With Legion Season 2, the maximum number of times you can Prestige has increased from 4 to 8.
READ MORE HERE[/b][/size]

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Re: Newsletter December 19: Merry Christmas

Post by piwakawaka » December 19th, 2016, 3:56 am

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Blue Posts
Raid Tuning and Nighthold Release Date

As the holidays approach, we wanted to take a chance to share some information on an upcoming raid tuning adjustment as well as the release date for Nighthold.

Trial of Valor will see a set of tuning adjustments next week, focused mainly on Heroic and Mythic difficulty, which should help groups overcome the challenges of the Trial as they prepare for Nighthold.

Which brings us to the release date for Nighthold itself: We are aiming to unlock Normal and Heroic Nighthold on January 17, 2017. Raid Finder wings and Mythic difficulty will release during the weeks following, which we will share more specific details on at a later time.

We look forward to seeing you in the Nighthold!

Ornyx
Community Manager

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Blizzard Holiday Activity 2016-2017

Hey all!

As you are undoubtedly aware, Winter Veil is soon to come to Azeroth, bringing with it a season of good cheer and high spirits, as well as a time where we gather together with those who we hold closest to us - family, friends, and colleagues.

In the same spirit, winter is upon us, and we wanted to take this chance to share some notices on our activity throughout the remainder of the holiday season and on into the New Year.
  • There will be less Blizzard employee activity and engagement across most World of Warcraft forums, especially the PTR forums and General Discussion.
  • There will be reduced activity and engagement on World of Warcraft's social media, particularly notable is @WarcraftDevs, which will have reduced activity through to the new year.
  • Customer Support staff will still be hard at work during the holidays - if you need to contact Customer Support for any reason, you will be able to do so through the Blizzard Support site. Please take note that there will still be Support staff monitoring the forums and assisting with moderation, and our Customer Support forums will remain active through the holiday season!


It’s important to note that we will still be going over threads posted during the holidays when we return, so continue to share your thoughts and feedback while we’re away!

We’d like to thank everyone for their understanding as we step away from our keyboards and take time to travel and visit with our loved ones. We look forward to returning after the holidays in 2017, for what looks to be an amazing year for both Blizzard and World of Warcraft.

From all of us here at Blizzard: Happy holidays, happy New Year, and we will see you in 2017!

Ornyx
Community Manager

CLICK HERE TO READ THE ORIGINAL POST

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Re: Newsletter December 19: Merry Christmas

Post by piwakawaka » December 19th, 2016, 3:56 am

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Achievements and Milestones
[col]Lunadaat FlameFlash Piwakawaka |Ehly Fenrasta Windedwolf Sandwalker Jedikitten Wakamaru [/col]
[col3]Image|.Achievement Sharing FAQs

Want to see your achievements, milestones, or new loot here? Send them to us so they can be included!|Submit Achievements
#A3achieve

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Reading With Leashes
Have you checked out our recent blog post? If not, you should!
Is there a tamer you just can't seem to beat? A pet you want to know more about?

Be sure to let us know what you'd like to see covered via the blog forums or by sending Jedikitten a PM!
PHOTO OF THE WEEK
Image[col3]Image|Want to see your photo here? Send us selfies or screenshots of you and your getting achievements, finding new pets, or just out and about having fun!|Submit Screenshot
#A3pix
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UPCOMING EVENTS

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Re: Newsletter December 19: Merry Christmas

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Social Media
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  • Like us on Facebook! The A3 Facebook page is used as a information portal for A3ers to find news and updates about A3 as well as helpful information about WoW and Blizzard. Streaming may become apart of this resource at a later date as well.
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  • Join us on Facebook! The A3 Facebook group is the perfect place to socialize with your fellow A3ers. Post and share anything you like here, WoW-related or otherwise. Please remember to keep it reasonably clean!
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  • Follow us on Twitter! Twitter is our main social media resource. It is to post info about events, giveaways, and updates. We share and retweet posts from our members as well. We LOVE to see your achievements, new pets, screenshots and selfies! If you would like to see your WoW-related activities included in a future newsletter you can tag us in your World of Warcraft-related tweets so we can share them with the community! @A3pets.
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  • Check out our blog for ideas on pet battles, pet collection tips, and other useful information!
Connecting A3ers through Discord
[col]ImageA3 is always looking for new and interesting ways to connect with its members. One of our greatest hurdles, though, is connecting members to each other. With everyone playing on different servers, different factions, and the limitations of the friends list – many of you have probably never had a chance to connect. We hope to use the Discord App to help solve that!

The major perk of an app like Discord is that communication is live. Meaning – you can see it on the fly (assuming you are logged in). This will be an advantage over the forum or twitter where you need to check in throughout the day. It will be especially helpful with organizing groups, sharing rare spawn information with others, or just getting to know your fellow A3ers!|[/col]
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[purplebg][align=center][b][size=150]#A3achieve[/size][/b][/align][hrc=black]1[/hrc][i][size=85]Did you earn a new achievement or reach a new milestone? Mark it with #A3achieve and it will be included in a future newsletter![/size][/i][/purplebg][greenbg][align=center][b][size=150]#A3pix[/size][/b][/align][hrc=black]1[/hrc][i][size=85]Snapped a new screenshot/selfie you want to share? Mark it with #A3pix and it will be featured in a future newsletter![/size][/i][/greenbg][bluebg][align=center][b][size=150]#ThingsPetCollectorsSay[/size][/b][/align][hrc=black]1[/hrc][i][size=85]Have you ever said something that would sound hilarious, bizarre, or even insane out of content of pet collecting? Share it with us![/size][/i][/bluebg]

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Re: Newsletter December 19: Merry Christmas

Post by piwakawaka » December 19th, 2016, 3:57 am

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Thank You
Thank you to everyone to contributed to this week's newsletter! Piwakawaka (editor/contributor)
Jedikitten (formatting/contributor)
Sandwalker (copy editor)
Irayna (contributor)
OzinLA (contributor)
Wakamaru (contributor)


A special 'Thank You' to Wakamaru for creating this week's Pawprint Press header!
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A3 has a number of forum games going for members to participate in. Members are also encouraged to start any new forum games they have ideas for. Head over to our new Games forum and jump in!
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[col3]Did you know that A3 has bills? It’s true! A3 has monthly and yearly bills related to the cost of operating the Agency. We earn some funds from ads on the site but most of A3’s operating costs are paid out of pocket.

Operating costs are the costs required to run the community – these do not include the costs of sponsoring giveaways.|A3 is a volunteer operated project and we need the help of our members to keep the site online.

Currently only 5% of our members have contributed to assist with operating costs. 1% of our members have contributed more than once.

A few spare dollars here and there can go a long way!|Donations are accepted through PayPal. A PayPal account is not required to donate.

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For more information about donating you can read the Can I help the Agency financially? F.A.Q.[/col3]
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